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Am I at risk of leukemia?

Posted on June 22, 2015 2:08 pm under Medical Malpractice

Leukemia happens when abnormal blood cells in the bone marrow or other blood-forming tissues mutate and grow rapidly. The unhealthy cells will outgrow the healthy ones, causing a myriad of symptoms that are life-threatening when left unmanaged.

Some experts believe leukemia cases can occur as a secondary malignancy to chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Apart from this, here are some of the factors that may increase your risk of leukemia:

  • Genetic disorder – For instance, individuals with Down syndrome are at higher risk of the disease
  • Family history
  • Exposure to chemicals – Prolonged exposure to benzene at work may increase the risk of leukemia
  • Smoking

Negligent radiotherapy causes a patient to be exposed to unsafe level of radiation during treatment. High radiation dosage may reach his or her bones, which could negatively affect how blood cells form and divide. To learn more about filing a medical malpractice claim, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling our Appleton office at (414) 271-0900 today.